Angela is a partner of Australian law firm Quay Law Partners. Angela has over 20 years’ experience as a partner in private practice and in senior Australian Commonwealth Government roles. She has broad commercial law expertise in transactional and regulatory matters, with a focus on telecommunications, media and technology, as well as data and cybersecurity.
Angela’s areas of expertise include assisting clients in making submissions to Government consultation processes on regulatory reform (particularly in the areas of digital markets, content regulation and privacy), providing advice to clients in investigations and interactions with government agencies and assisting clients in obtaining licences and regulatory approvals, as well as advising corporates regarding compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act, the Telecommunications Act, the Broadcasting Services Act and other Australian law and regulation, including consumer protection and privacy issues relating to telecommunications, technology and ad tech.
As well as being President of the International Institute of Communications, Australian Chapter, Angela is a member of the auDA Licence Review Panel (auDA is Australia’s domain name administrator).
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Michael Coonan is a media and communications policy and regulatory leader with experience in both government and industry roles.
Michael joined Free TV Australia in January 2024 as Director of Public Policy, having previously held policy, regulatory and government affairs roles at SBS and Foxtel. Prior to Foxtel, Michael worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, in both broadcasting and telecommunications regulation.
Michael is Vice President of the Australian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications, and a member of the Board of the Restless Dance Theatre.
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Debra Richards is Director, Production Policy, APAC for Netflix.
Prior to joining Netflix Debra was the CEO of Ausfilm. She has over 25 years communications & media industry experience including as the CEO of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), the industry association for subscription television. She also spent over 13 years with the broadcasting regulator then the Australian Broadcasting Authority (& Tribunal).
Debra has been involved in screen content policy and production industry issues in Australia during her working life as regulator, stakeholder or advocate. These include local content, classification of content, sports rights, copyright, digital conversion and new delivery platforms. Debra is also an Adjunct Professor for Boston University (Film and Media in Australia) and a marriage celebrant.
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Joanne Ryan is the Managing Director of Infodec Communications. She has extensive experience working in the media industry in Australia.
Prior to starting her own communications company in 2009, she worked for several years as a Corporate Development Advisor with NewsCorp Australia. Joanne also represented the organisation to Government and was a member of a number of industry committees including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Intellectual Property consultative group.
Infodec Communications was established in 2009. The company has continued to expand, supporting various clients including government agencies, SMEs, industry groups and individuals with strategic communications and public relations services.
Jo's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney.
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Squire Patton Boggs
James Konidaris has more than a decade of legal and regulatory experience in communications and technology, spanning the UK, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.
James advises on a broad range of regulatory, policy and commercial matters and disputes, including international and multijurisdictional advice and transactions. He has represented some of the largest companies in the IT, communications, media, financial services, consumer goods and energy sectors, as well as public authorities and not-for-profit organisations.
James is also a committee member of the Australian Chapter of the International Institute of Communications, is co-author of the EU Electronic Communications Code Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional) and is a contributing author to the LexisPSL TMT Practice Note on Radio Spectrum Regulation.
Victoria Rubensohn, AM
Victoria Rubensohn (AM, MA, LLB, Master of Human Rights) joined the Board of Directors at the Australian Caption Centre in 1997 and has stayed on the board when Media Access Australia was incorporated. She has extensive experience as a director and has been on numerous boards including The Fred Hollows Foundation, Telephone Information Services Standards Council, Communication and Media Law Association and the Classification Review Board.
Victoria worked in radio and television in Australia and the USA, and more generally in communications, especially communications regulatory policy for most of her professional life. Victoria has been a Member of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal, the Immigration Review Tribunal and Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive, and is currently a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Victoria has been a Member of the Order of Australia since 2004 and is Deputy Chair of Communications Compliance Ltd.
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Tim Webb's focus as an experienced commercial litigator is helping clients resolve disputes. He explores clients' legal and non-legal drivers, then develops and implements strategies to achieve those objectives. He also has an extensive advisory practice.
Tim's special interest is intellectual property, and he assists clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Tim advises across the spectrum of intellectual property, including copyright, trade marks, patents, designs, advertising, confidential information, domain names and anti-counterfeiting. He has acted for clients in landmark Australian test cases for both copyright and designs. Tim is also the joint head of the firm's Trade Mark and Brand Protection Group which is responsible for all matters relating to the registration of trade marks including clearance searches, applications, renewals, oppositions and non-use applications.
His clients come from a range of industries, although Tim is well recognised for his expertise in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He also has extensive experience working with public sector clients.
Sarah Waladan is the Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at IAB Australia. Ms Waladan works with IAB member organisations, policy makers and the global IAB network, advising on communications law and policy issues.
Prior to joining IAB Ms Waladan held various legal and policy roles across government and the private sector with a focus on media and intellectual property issues, most recently as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at Free TV.
Screen Producers Australia
With over fifteen years of experience in communications, public policy, and stakeholder engagement, Jane has provided strategic advice and successfully delivered projects in a public policy context.
She has successfully provided executive officer services, including stakeholder relations, political strategy, and comprehensive communications services, to a Member of Parliament (MP). Jane has also assisted with policy development and committee work.
As a highly skilled versatile professional, Jane has extensive experience in various communication areas, including media liaison, speechwriting, social media content, and submission writing. Furthermore, she has organised a diverse array of events, from corporate forums and ministerial meetings to fundraising dinners, stakeholder forums, and press conferences, and even national campaign roadshows and events.
Jane's personal strengths include highly effective organisational skills, a problem-solving approach, strong teamwork abilities, initiative, and a strong work ethic.
Gilbert + Tobin
Rebecca Dunn is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Tech+IP group specialising in Intellectual Property.
She is an experienced intellectual property litigator who has worked on some of the leading copyright cases in Australia. In addition to copyright, her focus is on trade mark litigation, Australian Consumer Law litigation and defamation.
She advises clients across industries including health care, media and entertainment in relation to the multiple legal issues associated with branding. Rebecca has particular expertise in the online space in relation to copyright, consumer law, social media, privacy, data protection and defamation.
She has worked on a variety of enforcement matters for both national and international clients including the film and music industries. Ms Dunn has litigated cases in the Supreme and Federal Courts and at appellate level in the NSW Court of Appeal, the Full Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.
Ms Dunn is the current President of the Communications and Media Law Association, a member of the Copyright Society of Australia and the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Dunn has a Bachelor of Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Communications Studies) from the University of Newcastle. Rebecca was admitted as a solicitor in 2005. Rebecca also has a Masters of Research in issues relating to social media law and democracy.
Free TV Australia